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Your James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC orthodontist installed braces in your mouth as an initial step in correcting the alignment of your teeth. Approximately every four to six weeks you will need to return to have Dr. James Karhohs perform a routine braces adjustment.

Maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the realignment process is very important. Cavities and gum disease problems can alter the tension on your braces. The complications and necessary treatment measures could potentially increase the total amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.   

A consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine will help to keep your teeth clean and prevent oral health problems. Brushing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. An interdental brush can also be helpful if you’re struggling to clean the contours created by braces hardware.

You will also need to make a conscious effort to floss at least once each day. Be sure to clean between each of your teeth, behind your rear molars and along the gumline. If you need help flossing around wires and other areas of braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you are in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area and you have oral hygiene concerns related to your braces, you can always call 616-784-4300 to consult with a member of the orthodontic staff at James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC.